Jack Wilshere picked up an ankle injury in the Emirates cup. The extent of the injury was unknown, so he had a scan of his ankle. On his official twitter page, he reported that there was nothing to worry about, and that the scan didn’t reveal anything serious, and that he should be fit again in a few days. Here’s what he had to say:
“Ankle scan just showed some inflammation. Hopefully will settle down in a few days”
As to whether he will feature in Arsenal’s final pre-season match is currently unknown. Wenger was questioned after the Red Bulls match about Jack’s injury. He said the following:
“It is not very serious. They say he might be out for the whole of next week because he has an ankle inflammation. But he has not torn anything. He is a quick healer usually and a tough boy so I hope he will be quicker than the medical predictions. The England game is on August 10 and I don’t know [whether he will be available]. They told me he might be out next week. If he is out next week, he will not play against Benfica so he will certainly not play for England.”
To be honest, I had hoped that he would not play against Benfica. We need Jack to be fit for the start of the season. His high quality performances last season showed that he is an integral part of our first team. Especially if Cesc is to leave, we need Wilshere to be fit, and ideally for him to be playing the same amount of games as he did last season. He brings stability and creativity to our midfield, and also has a burning passion for winning and hatred of losing. Such qualities are clearly evident in his determined play and if we have any chance of breaking our baron run (in terms of trophies), we need Wilshere. Like I said, I hope Wilshere doesn’t play against Benfica, and then, subsequently that he wont feature for England. The last thing we need now is a player of Wilshere’s importance being injured.